Ella Dagan Peled

Participating in the conference was a great learning experience and a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow inspiring colleagues. I met in person people whom I only read about before, and had meaningful and insightful conversations. I learned by watching what is expected of presenters while giving talks, and what kind of research-rigor is valued. By seeing the demos, I was exposed to new ideas and applications of tangible interfaces. I participated in the studio day, where I also had the chance to talk to many people who are interested in wearable technology and e-textiles, and learned further about the e-textile summer camp (http://etextile-summercamp.org/).  During my presentation as part of the Arts Track I met many people and discussed my work and aspirations, and had the honor to have a long conversations with professor Hiroshi Ishii of the Tangible Media Group at MIT Media Lab who also told me my work inspires him. I met two professors from Shankar college in Israel who invite me to come visit them during my trip back home. Participating in TEI was an honor, and a great opportunity to begin understanding my field of research. I thank you for providing me with the ability to fund this travel and attend this well established ACM conference.